|Phenny Lynn Palec |||Dec 06, 2015 08:23 AM EST|
(Photo : Getty Images) Yahoo is set to revive its Messenger and focus on mobile platforms.
Yahoo Messenger was the most online popular communications platform in about a decade ago. The platform slowly lost its magic as it was not able to keep up with newer forms of messaging feature. Now, Yahoo is planning a comeback for its Messenger service which is now focusing more on the mobile platform.
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Tech analysts are divided about whether the revival of the Yahoo Messenger is a strategic move for Yahoo, which is currently facing diminishing popularity. The new Yahoo Messenger will compete with the very crowded mobile messaging platform. The mobile messaging platform is currently dominated by popular services such as Viber, WhatsApp, WeChat and the Facebook Messenger, according to Tech Crunch.
According to NeuroGadget, the new Yahoo Messenger will be available for both Android and iOS platforms. Tech analysts are expecting that Yahoo Messenger will also cross to the Windows mobile platform.
The new Yahoo Messenger retains most of its old features like group chat. However, Yahoo also ditched some of its features like the Status icon and availability notification.
Users of the new Yahoo Messenger will be able to shoot photos with their phone camera, select the photo on their gallery and send it to their friends on Yahoo Messenger. There is also an option to compress the photo in order to eliminate huge data usage when sending or receiving the photos.
The new Yahoo Messenger also has a feature that allows users to remove sent messages. This means that users can completely delete messages from Yahoo's servers as well as the receivers' phone. Even if the receiving user has not accessed the message, it will still be deleted.
Users of the new Yahoo Messenger will be able to Like messages and photos by simply tapping and holding on the message or photo, and then selecting Like on the drop-down menu. The new version of Yahoo Messenger also supports animated GIFs which can be inserted into chats.
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